An enthralling evening of entertainment for the Stevenage Community Trust black tie dinner at The Priory Barn, Little Wymondley led to an an all-time record of £40,000 being raised which will be used to support charitable organisations, community projects and families in crisis.Barbados born Roland Butcher, who is Stevenage, Middlesex and England’s first black cricketer, was the special guest speaker just weeks after being given the Freedom of London.
Many unique and special auctions prizes were donated including historical private tours generously donated by Knebworth and Hatfield House.
The previous record amount of £36,500 raised was set last year when Eddie the Eagle was guest speaker.
The £41,000 raised this year will be donated to families in need through the £150 Christmas Gift card vouchers and the £300 Heating Grant scheme.
Samantha Bush, the new trust Stevenage Community Trust Grants Manager said:
‘The sell-out event could not have been such a success without the wonderful generosity of all who attended, the support and help I received from trustees working alongside our fabulous team of volunteers before and on the night, led by Emma Cole, in addition to the array of amazing auction and raffle prizes that were so kindly gifted.’
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